The Childhood of St. Xavier's

Initially for over two decades a large number of the staff lived on the campus and it felt like being part of an extended family and all of them actively participated in all the school functions even after school hours.

At the start the school followed the ICSE syllabus. The first batch of students passed the Indian School Certificate Examination in 1966 but later we switched over to the CBSE pattern.

Since the beginning St. Xavier’s has been a hub of various activities- Music Fest, various club activities- both school and inter-school, One Act Play Fest, Dance Festivals, Xavier Fair etc. All the major festivals are being celebrated in Xavier’s even today. These were not heard of in the life of schools elsewhere in Delhi in the 1960’s and the 70’s. The senior alumni remember that there were fun filled candle light dinners at the pool side or between the father’s residence and dining room and the buildings would be illuminated. Movies were shown on Saturday evenings. Some of the best movies were screened and once a year there would be a week long film festival. The campus was the nerve centre of activity and excitement. There was also the Annual Breakup parties, staff picnics, class picnics, excursions, social service camps, boxing, etc. Xavier’s did wonderfully well in putting up ‘Oliver’, ‘Mikado’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Kids Stuff’ and in the recent past ‘The Fourth Wiseman’.

Of all these the Xavier Fair has been the most famous activity. It was the brain child of Fr. Reinboth, S.J. The first Xavier Fair was held in 1963 for two days- Saturday and Sunday. Since 1967 the fair was held only for one day. The fair enabled the school to raise funds for the education of the underprivileged students in Xavier’s. It also provided the Xaverians an opportunity to shape up their entrepreneurial qualities.

Xavier’s has had the distinction of setting a benchmark in progressive, innovative changes. It has always believed that change is a part of growth and should always be for the better. We shifted from ICSE to CBSE. We were the first to adopt the grade system for assessment of students, which was later adopted by the CBSE. Our school was the first to adopt the central government pay scales which compelled many other private institutions in Delhi to accept the same. Xavier’s was the first to stage musicals and conduct drama workshops, after which several schools followed the suit. These plays, debates quizzes – all contributed to the growth of the students, giving them confidence and the courage to innovate.

St. Xavier’s never lacked eminent administrators who could inspire people to work; God always blessed our institution with an uninterrupted line of energetic, capable and committed principals who with their bold and innovative ideas guided the institution along the path of steady progress. Each of them has left his own unique imprint in the history of this institution striving for being better than the best and greater than the greatest which is the quintessence of the motto of the “Magis” of Jesuits, the followers of Ignatius of Loyola.